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War and Memory: New Cultures of Commemoration in Eastern Europe

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A seminar of the Monash European and EU Centre and the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies

Iryna Sklokina, “Commemorations of Fallen Soldiers in Ukraine: From the Afghanistan War to the Ongoing Conflict in the Donbas”

Mischa Gabowitsch, “Global Arlingtons: Russia’s New National Cemetery in International Comparison”

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Japanese Studies Centre, 12 Ancora Imparo Way, Monash University, Clayton Campus (map) (transport and parking)

Iryna Sklokina, a historian at the Centre for Urban History of East Central Europe (Lviv, Ukraine), researches historical heritage, especially the industrial and Soviet heritage of Kharkiv and Lviv. Her dissertation (2014) was on official Soviet policy concerning memory of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, using the example of the city of Kharkiv. She has worked at Karazin National University and the Kowalsky Eastern Institute of Ukrainian Studies in Kharkiv and participated in international projects on historical memory and oral history, including “Region, Nation and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Reconceptualisation of Ukraine.” In 2012 she held an internship at the University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. She is writing a book on Donbas company towns and ways of dealing with their heritage in contemporary Ukraine.

Mischa Gabowitsch (BA/MA Oxon, PhD EHESS Paris) is a sociologist and historian based at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He has taught at Princeton University and Humboldt University, Berlin, and was editor-in-chief of the Russian journals Neprikosnovennyi zapas and Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research. He is the author of Protest in Putin’s Russia (2016) and other publications about protest and social movements in Russia. He has co-directed two international research projects on post-Soviet commemorative practices, documented in forthcoming volumes in Russian and German, and is now writing a book on the history of Soviet war memorials.

Dr Gabowitsch’s and Dr Sklokina’s visit to Australia is sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) at the University of Melbourne, and the SHAPS History and Memory Research Hub


February 22
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies


Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University, Clayton Campus
12 Ancora Imparo WayMonash University, Clayton Campus
Clayton, VIC 3800 Australia
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